Turkey's online education system crashed on the morning of the second day of school, although the system was used during make-up classes leading up to schools' reopening. The system displayed a message that read "too crowded," locking out teachers and students alike.
Graduates of Turkey's Islamic Imam Hatip high schools suffered in the higher education entrance exams with only 16 percent of them scoring well enough to enter a bachelor's program. The generally low rate of success in the university exam is a display of poor policy-making by the Education Ministry, said a representative of the teachers' union Eğitim-Sen.
A small park with a historic Ottoman past in Beyoğlu's Sütlüce was seized from the Istanbul Municipality and transferred to the Education Ministry. AKP city council member Faruk Gökkuş said that locals in the area urgently needed a school, while CHP city council member Süleyman Solmaz said that the park was not big enough enough to house one.
Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has announced that schools will reopen on Aug. 31 with distance learning, but face-to-face lessons will not resume until Sept. 21. Selçuk's comments came after the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee suggested that face-to-face lessons should be postponed for at least a month amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Only 11.1 percent of students who took the High School Entrance Exam (LGS) preferred to attend imam hatip religious high schools. Many poor students in Turkey are forced to attend the imam hatip schools due to lack of options where they live, or based on unsatisfactory performance on the entrance exams that results in them having no other option.
Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk said that they would decide whether classes would be carried out remotely "at the end of August, beginning of September." The academic year is scheduled to start on August 31 so far.
Turkey's Education Ministry has given the same response to two separate parliamentary questions submitted by an opposition deputy. The inquiries that Ersoy submitted pertained to two separate books that were being distributed in public schools, to which Minister Ziya Selçuk replied by giving the same generic legally-worded explanation.
Turkish schools will start the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 31 to provide three-week long make-up classes, as students missed more than two months of classroom instruction because of the novel coronavirus.
Istanbul’s provincial Education Director Levent Yazıcı said on May 28 that the city would be holding high-school exams (LGS) in socially distanced and disinfected testing centers and that all parties would wear masks. About 280,000 students are expected to take the LGS on June 20.
Education authorities in Adana have sent a letter to school managements asking for money to fund hand sanitizer dispensers installed at the schools amid the coronavirus outbreak. CHP deputy chair Yıldırım Kaya said that this implementation is not specific to Adana, but has been also reported in other provinces.
Education authority warns teachers for refusing to distribute COVID-19 aid bags with Erdoğan’s signature
The İzmit District Directorate of National Education has sent a warning to the teachers for refusing to distribute coronavirus (COVID-19) aid packages with President Erdoğan's signature, saying that necessary administrative action will be taken. The warning was slammed by the Education and Science Workers' Union.
A students’ parent representative said that Turkish families are concerned that the government’s reopening of schools is financially driven and has to do with pressure from the tourism industry. Meanwhile, families worry that students taking part in nationwide high school or university exams will put themselves at risk.
The decision to send children to schools after the measures imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are lifted will reportedly be up to parents. According to a pro-government daily, schools will remain shut for kindergarten and elementary school students.
Opposition deputy Tuma Çelik urged the Turkish government to open schools that teach in Assyrian. The Treaty of Lausanne mandates the government to provide education opportunities in minorities' native languages in areas where their population is dense, he noted.
The administration of the İsmail Tarman Imam Hatip Middle School pressures students into religious conformity, parents of the central Istanbul school claim. One parent, whose daughter is Christian, is forced to attend an Islam-focused religion class. Another parent says that teachers tell female students to avoid laughing, dressing "chic" and social media.